Veterans Day at Pac Bell

Veterans took over Saturday in San Francisco, nailing down a 5-4 victory and the series from the Giants. L.A, won only twice in Pac Bell Park during 2003 and equalled that total in their first two games of the new season. Jose Lima, Wilson Alvarez and Robin Ventura all had a big hand in the win that boosted the Dodgers to an 8-3 record, three in front of their hosts.

Lima (2-0) beat the Giants for the first time in five starts dating to 1999, and showed the Dodgers that he could fill the slot as a fifth starter. He allowed two runs over five innings, made 78 pitches, stranded five and didn't let Bonds hit anything out of the park. He walked the Giants' slugger leading in the second and third and popped him up with two out and in the fifth.

Milton Bradley tied the game in the sixth inning, following the third of Paul Lo Duca's four singles by banging his second Dodgers home run. With two out, Juan Encarnacion walked and Jose Hernandez singled him to third with the third of his four hits. That brought up Izturis, who was replacing Alex Cora, who hurt his elbow. Izturis lined the first pitch to right field, scoring Encarnacion for a 3-2 Dodger margin.

Wilson Alvarez, who has become invaluable in relief, took over and worked a pair of scoreless innings and pinch-hitter Robin Ventura knocked in a fourth run to give the Dodgers a 4-2 lead going into the last of the eighth.

Darren Dreifort got the first two hitters but Bonds caught up to one of his fastballs for home run No. 663, cutting the Dodgers' lead to a run. Guillermo Mota got a big strikeout later in the inning with two on base to end that threat.

Adrian Beltré made it 5-3 with an RBI single in the top of the ninth but Eric Gagné had another shaky outing, giving up an opposite-field home run, then walked a pair before he got Marquis Grissom on a game-ending double play. He did record his fourth save and his 67th straight since August 2002.

Dodger Blue Notes--Second baseman Alex Cora left the game with soreness in the back of his left elbow. Cesar Izturis replaced Cora in the bottom of the fifth and played shortstop, with Hernandez moving to second. Izturis singled home a run in the sixth. ... Shawn Green started and although the groin injury was still lingering he said it was improving. He was 0-for-5. ...Gagné didn't think the reported 101 mph fastball that Bonds hit the night before was really that fast. He suggested that the Giants were fudging a bit on the speed to keep him throwing fastballs. ... Reliever Duaner Sanchez was struck on the head during batting practice by an Adrian Beltré line drive in the outfield. Sanchez went down, momentarily dazed, but was uninjured and available for Friday night's game. Lo Duca quickly had a custom-made batting helmet with glove attached for Sanchez on Saturday and he wore it good-naturedly but shortly after he had taken it off he was nail on the but by another liner from Jason Grabowski. ... Lo Duca has hit safely in all 11 games this year, including six multihit games. ... Dave Roberts stole third in the seventh inning, his ninth steal this year.